Hockey Hall of Fame opens doors for women

November 9, 2010

The Hockey Hall of Fame has opened its doors to women for the first time

Angela James of Canada and Cammi Granato of the United States received their Hall of Fame rings on Monday.

They were inducted with former NHL star Dino Ciccarelli, builder Jim Devellano and the late Daryl “Doc” Seaman, one of the founders of the Calgary Flames. The acceptance speeches are Monday night.

“I think it’s a historic night and I think it’s great for hockey at all levels,” NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said. “Both Angela and Cammi are inspirational, they’re pioneers once again. What they’ve done in the game to this point has been terrific and I think they’re great role models for other girls and women looking to devote themselves to this game.”

The Hall of Fame established separate induction criteria for women this year, paving the way for James and Granato.